JockBio Vital Stats
  • New York Yankees • Outfield • #31
  • Height: 5' 11"
• Weight: 170 • Born: 10/22/73
  • In 1994, from May 21 to August 26, Ichiro reached base at least once in each of the 69 games the Orix Blue Wave played.
  • Ichiro was the first player in MLB history to top 200 hits in each of his first four seasons.
  • Ichiro eclipsed the record for hits by a rightfielder in 2004. It was previously held by Chuck Klein, who collected 250 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1930.
  • From 2001 to 2004, Ichiro amassed more hits (922) than anyone in history over any four-year period. Bill Terry held the old record of 918.
  • During one 56-game stretch in 2004, Ichiro batted over .450. During Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, he batted .408.
  • Ichiro batted over .400 against lefties in 2004.
  • Ichiro led Japan to the World Baseball Classic championship in 2006.
  • n 2007, Ichiro set an AL by stealing 45 consecutive bases.
  • In 2007, Ichiro passed Julio Cruz as the Mariners’ all-time base thief.
  • Ichiro led the AL in hits each year from 2006 to 2010.
  • Prior to the 2009 season, Ichiro got the winning hit against South Korea in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic.
  • In 2009, Ichiro hit his first walk-off homer, against closer Mariano Rivera.
  • Ichiro grounded into a double play in the 2009 season opener and then didn’t ground into another all season long.
  • In 2010, Ichiro became the first player in history to begin his career with 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons.
  • Ichiro finished his career in Seattle as the M’s all-time hit leader, passing Edgar Martinez in 2011.
  • Heading into 2012, Ichiro had 35 leadoff homers to tie Barry Bonds for 5th place on the all-time list.
  • Only three players collected their 2,500th hit faster than Ichiro—Al Simmons, Ty Cobb and George Sisler.
  • Only Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente have won more Gold Gloves in the outfielder than Ichiro.
  • Before each All-Star Game he played, Ichiro delivered a hysterical profanity-laced pep talk to his fellow American Leaguers. For many years, David Ortiz claimed this tradition was why the AL won.
  • With reporters and photgraphers camped outside his house, Ichiro had to think of ways to leave without being seen. To make a date with Yumiko one evening, he had friends roll him up in a carpet and toss him in the back of a pickup truck.
  • Ichrio’s contract with Seattle includes the following perks: English lessons for he and his wife, a personal trainer, an interpreter, an annual housing allowance between $25,000 and $27,000, four round-trip, first-class plane tickets from Japan to Seattle twice a year, and the use of a car during spring training and the regular season.
  • Ichiro was initially hesistant when the Mariners issued him number 51. To avoid insulting its former owner, Randy Johnson, Ichiro forwarded a personal message to the Big Unit promising not to “bring shame” to the uniform.

 


 

 


Chuck Klein, 1939 Play Ball

 

 


Bobby Bonds,
1973 Topps Candy

 

 


Al Simmons, 1928 Exhibit


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